Hello Fellow Chapter Members,
I hope you have enjoyed these last few weeks of summer as most schools are back in session. This is a great time to be a member of the Georgia Chapter! In January 2017, our Past-President, Chris Harper, led the planning of a very successful, informative meeting that had a total of 128 attendees and included a diverse program of 38 talks and 19 posters. Nearly 60% of the presentations were given by students, with a number of undergrad presenters! We hope that this trend continues.
In addition, the GA Chapter and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources recently co-sponsored a Fish Aging Workshop at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry, GA. This two-day workshop provided attendees hands-on instruction in otolith extraction, mounting, processing, and reading/interpretation for centrarchids, ictalurids, and several marine fishes. A total of 30 biologists from around the state of Georgia attended this workshop and included GA-DNR fisheries personnel, students, and consultants. The Go Fish Education Center (GA-DNR) provided their facilities and various resources to conduct this workshop. Past-President Tim Bonvechio (GADNR – Freshwater Fisheries) and Donna McDowell (GADNR – Coastal Resources Division) served as co-instructors. Our goal is to provide at least one summer workshop each year as a continuing education opportunity for all our members, as well as non-members.
As a Chapter, we need to continue our great work in increasing student participation and promoting diversity among our membership. Please feel free to share your ideas with me either by email firstname.lastname@example.org or even at the next annual meeting, so we can be most effective at achieving this goal.
We have a great meeting planned for January 23-25, 2018 at the Unicoi Lodge and State Park, so please save the date and plan to attend and present your research. Come enjoy the beautiful scenery in north Georgia, and catch a shuttle to downtown Helen in the evening! More details regarding the meeting will be posted soon to our chapter website and shared through our Facebook page.
Thank you for your continued membership and contributions to the Society. See you in January!